I always watch the State of the Union address, whether or not the president was my candidate, I like to see how well it is delivered and how well it was written. I consider it the annual pep rally for the country. I thought last Tuesday night’s was great, but the real jewel in the crown was former Arizona congressman Gabby Giffords. It was heartwarming to see her there.

Of course, last Sunday was an incredible afternoon. The Pats and the Giants games, what could be more entertaining than that? Needless to say, I was thrilled with the outcome of both. Now Grace Church has a plan for you for the Super Bowl. On Sunday, Feb. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. you will be able to buy their famous lobster rolls to go, and at a special Super Bowl price for large orders. Slices of pie and hot dogs will be available as well. I’ll see you there.

Our library is holding its monthly mini book sale tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The sale was canceled last week because of the weather. And if you need a demonstration on how to download e-books to your Nook, Kindle or Sony reader, informal demonstrations will be held at the library from 10 a.m. to noon on each Saturday in February.

Our Vineyard Gazette “Not A Holiday Party” was a great success at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House last Friday night. John Alaimo played the piano during cocktail hour, all of my favorite songs. Jack O’Malley and his well-trained culinary arts staff from the high school presented a fabulous local menu. As a columnist, it was wonderful to finally see and meet each other and the people who work the newsroom, as we only have to send our work in. I thank Julia Wells, Jane Seagrave, and Jerry and Nancy Kohlberg for a special evening and great party. Same time, next year?

I don’t know if you can squeeze in this late, but call Ed Pierceif you have any questions about attending the Burns Night Supper tomorrow night at the Harbor View Hotel. Cocktails start at 5:30 p.m., dinner is served promptly at 6:30 p.m. A night of highland dancing, music, and haggis — what a treat!

Our condolences to the family and many, many friends of Nelson Amaral. Dedicated, hardworking, great sense of humor, the Island is bereft without him.

Anniversary bouquets go out to John and Sarah Lolley on Jan. 30th and to Harry and Aase Jones on Jan. 31.

The birthday bandwagon pulls along Emma Beach, Caroline Davey, Gail Burke, Jesse Steere and Fatima Silva today. Tomorrow is shared by Courtney Daly and Alyssa Rose Miller. Jan. 29th is claimed by Suzanne Kennedy. Jan. 30 belongs to Elisha Smith, Lisa Nichols and Sasha Robinson White. Jan. 31 is a party for Kelly McElhinney and Jarrett Campbell. Feb. 1 is for Beau Eric Linderson. And on Feb. 2 Brian Robinson and Alena Shisko take the cake. Many happy returns.